Relief bill roadblock: Trump tax cut demand hampers negotiations

(NBC News)  Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin begins negotiations Tuesday with Democratic Congressional leaders on a Republican trillion-dollar coronavirus stimulus package.

President Trump has insisted a payroll tax cut should be part of the bill, but that faces opposition from members of both parties.

“Not a fan of that, I’ve made that pretty clear,” says South Dakota’s Senator John Thune, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate. “I don’t think it’s something that changes anyone’s behavior and has trust fund implications. I just think there are better ways to do it.”

“It doesn’t make any sense when so many people don’t have a payroll right now,” says Michigan’s Senator Debbie Stabenow.

Trump has also indicated he may cut funds to the Centers for Disease Control for testing and tracking the virus.

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